- Our Journey
Yoga Pops is a labor of love, collaboration and passion between Nalini & Anita. For the longest time, Anita had been encouraging Nalini to package and sell “healthy foods” inspired by Ayurveda. An idea Nalini resisted given her belief that all food should be had fresh. If its packaged then it wouldn't meet that basic criteria.
Many years later, the idea for Yoga Pops came along quite serendipitously. At one of Nalini’s Ayurvedic pop-up dinners, held in various restaurants across the country, these popped water lily seed snack were served as a bar snack pre- dinner service, folks started asking if they could take them back home. That's when Nalini realized- well why not package and sell them? (..finally..!)
With their combined expertise - Nalini as an Ayurvedic chef with a background in retail sourcing prior and Anita as a seasoned corporate executive specializing in talent & culture, along with their core value of doing business with integrity and giving back to the community - farmers in rural India and others along the way, they make the perfect team to bring you this delicious, unique and tri-doshic snack.
- About Us -
Nalini started teaching Ayurvedic cooking 18 years ago. She views food and the cooking process as a means to nurturing the soul. - an experience for the mind, body, and soul.
She began as a culinary instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health while she still worked in the fashion industry, buying and merchandising for Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and product development and sourcing for Target Corporations. Moonlighting in the food world, she did everything from being a caterer for private events and gourmet stores in New York, to cooking in the kitchens of Candle Cafe and Hampton Chutney, culinary instructor at Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education and The NY Open Center.
Eventually in 2010 she moved to San Francisco and started her own culinary school called Route To India where culinary programs were rooted in her knowledge and experience of her Indian culture, leading culinary trips to India and offering weekend yoga and wellness culinary retreats in Sonoma CA, and the Art Of Living Retreat Center, Boone NC.
Nalini has been a speaker at a range of institutions including San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Princeton University, Baruch College and the United Nations.
Most recently Nalini was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Women In Culinary Leadership Grant program
Founder of Talent Evolve, Anita Balakrishnan, is a talent management and leadership development expert with over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience across world-class companies in the US, Europe and Asia. As she progressed in her career to a senior executive working for companies such as Novartis, Deloitte, American Express, HP & Newell Brands, focusing on Talent & Culture, she had the epiphany that “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” and having an environment where people thrive is the key to business success.
Talent Evolve, specializes in the development of business and people strategies from acquiring the right talent to building an optimal culture to developing talent programs including career, succession & workforce planning, goal setting & performance, learning strategies, individual and executive coaching.
Her clients range from small start-ups to mid-size and large, international organizations.
Anita has a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature & Psychology from Mumbai University and a Master's Degree in HR/Organizational Development from the London School of Economics.